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Last night I had a veteran on the podcast and we discussed the claims made by sports writer Benjamin Allbright in light of his publication of what he claims were his DD 214 forms. Subscribe to our Soundcloud, iTunes, and YouTube channels so you never miss a show).
Just to review the blot we published on Benjamin Allbright:
- Allbright took shots at Barstool Sports
- Kirk Minihane defended his company
- The Minifans began investigating Allbright’s questionable military background
- Producer Steve Robinson sent Allbright an email asking for clarification on a story he was working on
- Allbright tweeted out the emails in an attempt to garner pity from people by presenting himself as a decorated veteran under attack from a smut website.
Dave Portnoy contemplated firing Steve Robinson for literally asking a question, because evidently this unstable man who tweets hundreds of times a day and publicly craps on the Barstool brand gets to control hiring and content decisions at Barstool. And in one of the most gutless moves of all time, another Barstool blogger who goes by Chaps (and is a veteran) inserted himself into the dispute squarely on the side of the guy who was trying to smear the company Chaps works for.
If the people at @kirkmin’s show are doing this, it’s absolutely bullshit and I apologize to Ben. This is beyond fucked up. Don’t post your records, Ben. You don’t owe anyone anything. Thanks for your honorable service. https://t.co/BSHR7G9qJn
— Chaps (@UncleChaps) August 18, 2019
Imagine working with people who openly undermine you and side with the people attacking you? Remember when it was “Barstool vs. The World”? They sell t-shirts that say that. They built their brand on going after websites like Deadspin, Jezebel, and ESPN, who publicly took shots (and falsely smeared them) for being sexist, racist, etc.
For example, Megan Greenwell was an editor for Deadspin. She doesn’t have nearly as large a following on Twitter as Allbright, and has publicly crapped on Barstool many times. She made a comment about living in a Puerto Rican neighborhood to flash her woke credentials, and in response Portnoy went to her neighborhood and interviewed people about whether or not they thought she was a racist.
And that’s great content. Certainly much more entertaining than another blog about Justin Bieber.
Then there was the time they went through all the old tweets of every Deadspin writer who had been criticizing Barstool for being so un-woke, and produced several blatantly un-woke tweets from Deadspin writers.
It was brilliant. I live for content like this. Everyone at Deadspin is awful, and watching them get outed as hypocrites was music to my ears. There’s something very satisfying to watch virtue signalers get exposed for being exactly what they accuse organizations like Barstool of being.
Or how about when ESPN’s Sam Ponder took shots at Barstool and it turned into an all-out war?
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) September 12, 2018
In The Face Of Plunging Ratings And Unheard of Unpopularity Sam Ponder Has Resorted To Flat Out Lying About Barstool Sports To Save Her Job At ESPN https://t.co/aEqe15Tgad
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) September 12, 2018
Again, that is awesome and entertaining, and I’m all for it.
But yet Allbright takes shots at Barstool, Minihane and Robison fight back, and what does Davey Mouse do? They side with Allbright.
In other words, Dave only defends Barstool when he personally is attacked. You can crap on his employees all you want though and he’ll side with you because he fears the retribution you will bring.
To be clear, Barstool is literally letting this guy control the content that they publish, and he’s reveling in it. This all happened because one employee (Chaps) stuck his nose into a story he knew nothing about, and acted like his opinion was the only one that mattered because he’s an actual, real veteran. As you can see, Allbright loved that.
As he said he would, he produced what he alleges is his DD 214 from his first tour in Iraq from 2003-2004.
He’s shared this dozens of times and rubbed it in anyone’s face who was skeptical of his claims. But there’s a couple issues. For starters it says that he’s a sergeant on there, when he’s publicly claimed to have higher rank many times.
He also redacts several of his alleged medals. Remember, this guy has tweeted dozens of times about how he’s “highly decorated” in order to win arguments.
His reasoning for redacting the medal information? It was an elaborate trap he set for Minihane and Robinson.
In other words, he’s trying to say that he’s hoping Minihane and Robinson accuse him of not winning an award, and that way he can unredact the information and get them on some sort of libel. He’s a diabolical genius like that.
Except according to the veteran I had on the show last night, the medals he is showing are all participation medals for going through boot camp. Not a single one of them is for anything that any veteran would consider “decorated.” He’s hoping that people who don’t know what this stuff means (which is most people) will look at it and say, “his story checks out.”
Editor’s Note: It’s come to our attention that the dates listed on his DD 214 are consistent with the way in which the Army writes out dates, and the part questioning it has been removed.
Then there’s the underlined portion about where he served and when. It says right on there that he was in Iraq and Kuwait. I’m not saying that he manipulated this form or photoshopped anything, but it’s pretty easy to find out how to do it online if you wanted to. I spent 30 seconds messing with this one, and I’m sure if I played around with the font a little more I could get it blend in perfectly.
It’s really not hard.
GI Turtle also showed us his DD 214. Note block 13 (medals).
Looks a lot different. There are other small discrepancies he points out in the podcast as well. Allbright also hasn’t produced his DD 214 showing that he was in Afghanistan, and his tweet claiming that he was there has since been deleted.
I emailed Allbright to ask him for a quote. He told me that he’s “not sure I can’t get you” on libel laws, which seems to mean that he thinks he is gong to get me on libel laws.
I pressed on.
He told me I took his tweets out of context.
Out of context? He said several times he left Harvard Law school.
I really wanted to hear how he explained the non-existent wall between Iran and Iraq that he built.
He’s still saying that he “left Harvard law for this,” which implies that he once attended Harvard Law. He did not.
So how does he explain his building of the non-existent wall? Turns out we weren’t supposed to take that literally either, and the podcast last night is going to get Steve Robinson and I in trouble. He also has some personal advice for me.
Of course, he wasn’t talking about a literal wall.
Not at all. Sure, he’s engaged in a conversation about the cost of building a physical wall, and mentioned the fact that he built a wall in order to win the conversation, but that wasn’t meant to be literal. Don’t you get it? Everything he says is a metaphor for something else. Like attending Harvard Law, bleeding for his country,
Serving in Afghanistan (again, this could be hyperbole about Iraq because they have similar dirt),
And being highly decorated.
Perhaps “decorated” meant they hung ornaments on him and pretended he was a Christmas tree.
Last night Allbright made his account with 83K followers private (but his followers could still see it so what’s the point?) and he went on a deleting spree.
He also began apologizing today for “misleading” his followers about attending Harvard Law.
At least he’s on record for being a liar now.
Anyway, the Kirk Minihane takedown of Kevin Cullen last year was one of the most entertaining, interesting, and important pieces of journalism I’ve ever seen. Likewise, Barstool’s takedowns of Deadspin and others was great content. People love to see the people they follow show that they aren’t afraid to punch back when they’re being punched by bad faith charlatans. Barstool used to punch back, but they’ve since been emasculated by Benjamin Allbright, so it looks like it’s up to us to carry on the torch. Kirk called them Huffstool on the podcast the other day too.
— Biz (@Bizbnimble) August 20, 2019
He’s starting to see that corporate controlled Barstool is hardly any different from the gutless corporate controlled WEEI he left behind.
For more interesting reading on Benny Boy’s web of lies click here to read coverage on a Twitter account.
As for Ben, no we will not be retracting anything, but thanks for the unsolicited advice anyway. You might be able to control content on Huffstool, but it won’t work with TB Daily News.
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